Top 10 Spirits 2011
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Although it is hard to pin down exactly when the world first discovered the pleasure of alcoholic spirits, the earliest evidence of man distilling alcohol is from the 1100s. Peoples' spirits have been raised by vodka since at least the 1300s, Scotch whisky since the 1500s, rum and gin since the 1600s, absinthe since the 1700s, and tequila since the 1800s. So how do spirit makers improve on these old, tried-and-true products? While some simply rely on new packaging, innovators are employing state-of-the-art technology, new flavors, and novel twists on old formulas to please a thirsty audience eager for the latest and greatest. These new spirits have risen above their brethren and have earned a place in your liquor cabinet. Raising the bar for your home bar, we proudly present our top 10 spirits of the year.